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Keith Nix Knives
Custom Chefs Knives Black Mountain
 Knife Sharpening Near You

"I ordered a beautiful chef's knife from Keith. He showed me his process, allowed me to pick out the wood for the handle and delivered a lasting heirloom for my husband's birthday. If you are interested in a purchase, take the time to set up an appointment, and see what is possible. Also, I was aware that Keith needs the lead time to hand craft such a gorgeous, perfect knife. The investment up front by contacting him months ahead was worth it.I also have a friend who is a professional chef and he gave the knife high marks, plus many "ooohs" and "aahhs." I am so very pleased to have this beautiful knife in our home, representing a local artist like Keith."

Keith Nix is a Custom Knife Maker and native of Black Mountain, NC. We offer Custom Chefs Knives for home cooks or professional chefs, handmade kitchen knives near you, and custom hunting knives, belt knives, and outdoor knives right here in town. The Knife Shop and Black Mountain Knife Store are located only a few minutes from Asheville (20 minutes), Marion (25 minutes), Hendersonville (45 minutes from), and Weaverville (30 minutes). If you're looking for an Asheville Knife Shop, come on out and visit, check out our Black Mountain Knives, then have lunch or dinner in one of our many fine restaurants! We make other custom knives including  carving and slicing knives, paring and steak knives, custom cleavers, thin vegetable cleavers, deba knife, and nakiri knives. Custom hunting knives, and a growing number of outdoor knives are also available. Offering three high carbon steels, three stainless steels, and three tool steels from which to choose for the home kitchen or professional environment! Your custom knives can be made by THIS knife maker from AEB-L, 14C28N, CPM MagnaCut, CPM M4, A2, D2, 52100, 80CRV2, and 26C3. No single knife steel is suitable for every job and every customer. (Learn about The Steels)  If you're looking for an Asheville Knife Maker, I'm close enough to be the right choice! The Keith Nix Knife Shop is nearby, only a few minutes away! Stop by when you're in town and visit the knife shop! Let's get your Nix Knives custom knives on the list!

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About Keith Nix Knives In Black Mountain NC!
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We can make your custom knives, or handmade kitchen knives, custom chefs knives, or a custom hunting/fishing knife and leather sheath. We make camping and bushcraft knives, belt knives, fillet, boning, and skinning knives. From Paring Knives to Cleavers, we've got you covered in the field or the kitchen!! Want a unique knife built? We offer personalized knife design to assist you in realizing your dream! Our beautiful ergonomic, COMFORTABLE knife handles are designed by and unique to Keith Nix Knives. When you stop by the Knife Shop for Black Mountain Knives you'll see hand made kitchen knives in various stages of completion, handle woods, sheaths, not yet released prototypes, and all the tools used to make and sharpen your hand made knives. So come by, let's talk about your next custom chef's knife or hand made hunting knife. Or if you'd rather, choose your beautiful custom kitchen knives from the Online Store!!

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"The Norton" Fillet/Boning/Camp Kitchen Knife

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WANT SHARPER KNIVES? Try Professional Knife Sharpening at Keith Nix Knives!

Keith Nix Knives provides knife sharpening near you in Black Mountain NC, for professional and home cooks. Scissors sharpening is also available for businesses and individuals in the Greater Asheville Area. Wouldn't you rather have a custom knife maker near you offering professional sharpening service, than someone in some retail hardware who may not know anything about knives or sharpening?? ALWAYS choose a professional sharpening service.

Knife Sharpening Black Mountain

I don't know anyone doing local knife sharpening service who HAND SHARPENS knives with a grit progression of eight diamond and ceramic sharpening stones, other than NC knife maker Keith Nix Knives. I've written and provided links as to why I think hand sharpened edges are superior to powered machine sharpening. We sharpen all knives including traditional Japanese, French, German, single bevel, and all Western and custom blades, Even more, we are quantifying sharpness of your blades with "The Edge on Up" Sharpness Tester, that is actually MEASURING the level of sharpness before we return your knives. Quality Control just makes for better products and services, and truly professional knife sharpening near you. Call or text 828.337.7836 to make an appointment with your local knife sharpener, or email .

And we'll sharpen your Keith Nix Knives made blades FREE for as long as I'm around!! That means your Keith Nix Knives  blades can ALWAYS have a precision hand honed, precisely held edge, stropped to razor sharpness on denim and leather, and your Black Mountain Knives never leave town! Don't trust just anyone with your handmade knives.
I've written extensively about knife sharpening.
Click here to learn How I Sharpen Your Knives. Check the links below to learn more about Keith Nix Knives Sharpening Service:

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Knife Sharpening Black Mountain

I am a Knife Maker producing small batches or single blades. Knife makers like Keith Nix Knives have the ability and time to give more attention to details like custom heat treatment protocols, cryogenic treatment (learn about cryogenic treatment of knives HERE), special precise grinds, and hand sharpened edges. We make the best hand made knives we possibly can, simply by taking the time to do it! On top of that, you get to choose the material for your handle and your blade! These details ensure you harder, tougher, sharper, better looking custom knives right out of the box, a knife we cannot make any better, and the custom knife you envisioned. It won't just be a knife, it will be an heirloom to hand down through the family! We offer laser etching for personalization on all knives built in house.
At mass producing major knife companies, quicker is often better, and the big corporation won't go to the time and expense to cryogenically treat or hand sharpen your blade with a progression of stones. It is this kind of attention to detail that gives the custom knife maker the edge, literally! And I promise your local knife maker will be FAR MORE interested in your happiness than some corporate customer service representative! Check out our Guarantee!

Our knives are proudly handmade in the USA, one by one, right here in Black Mountain NC!

What is the difference between cheap and custom knives? Answers HERE!
Read about The Great Steel Debate HERE!
Learn About Cutting Boards HERE!
Six inch Cleaver HERE!
Eight inch Custom Chef's knife HERE!

About The Steel
The heart of any custom knife is the steel it is made from. The heat treatments and grinds applied to that steel by the knife maker become the "personality" of the hand made knife, and determine whether it will be a pleasure or a pain to use for its intended purpose. A NAKIRI made to dice veggies in the kitchen won't do a very good job processing firewood on a backpacking trip. A fillet knife won't pry open a stuck door. Let's have a conversation about how you use your knife, and then make a custom knife you can USE!
We offer three stainless steels, three carbon steels, and three tool steels, because no ONE steel is perfect for every job!

Do You Make Custom Sheaths? Why YES! Yes we do!
We offer heavy duty vegetable tanned top grain leather custom sheaths hand made for YOUR custom knife by Curtis Cooper. Another available service is CNC laser etching personalization of your knives and sheaths with a high degree of accuracy to commemorate a special date or person. Also offered is professional knife sharpening right here in Black Mountain, including chip and tip repair, knife edge repair, reprofiling, edge thinning, and blade sharpening of knives and scissors. Keith Nix Knives is a great choice for professional blade sharpening or knife sharpening service. Visit the Work Gallery for photos of our products HERE! 

We do everything In House except make the raw steel, laser etch the logo, and stabilize the wood for handles. We cut and grind the profile, heat treat, quench, apply cryogenic extension of the quench, temper, grind bevels, make the handle, and apply the finish. Once complete, your custom knife will receive its first HAND sharpening before it is transferred to your possession.

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Paring Knives 
Here's a sweet little "Sarah"
Belt Knife for belt or backpack!

A Well Sharpened Handmade Knife Edge From Keith Nix Knives
Custom Chef Knife Set with Cleaver, Curupau Han
"I brought in a 12 year old chef knife that was in rough shape (it hadn't been sharpened in those 12 years, and had small chips all along the blade) and a boning knife that was really dull. Turn around was fast, Keith was very kind and professional, and when I got home I was able to slice through broccoli stems like butter and remove chicken tendons like paper. Pretty sure the chef knife is sharper than when I first bought it. Now cutting vegetables is seriously weird, I'm not used to this level of effortless slicing and dicing. Do yourself a favor and take your knives to Keith."
"What first took my breath when I opened the gift of a Keith Nix Knives petite chef’s knife was the handle. Keith crafted it from a dead limb removed from a dogwood tree on my land. The subtleties of hue and depth of grain are extraordinary! The handle fits as if it were made for my hand. The weight, balance and edge of this knife make every type of cooking prep effortless. It’s as if the knife is an extension of my arm.
"Keith also gave new life to several heavily used and abused knives in three vacation rentals I own. Sharper now than they were new. The same applies to two heavily rusted and terribly dull garden loppers I took to Keith Nix Knives. Keith’s craftsmanship, skill, integrity, humility and humor are a rare combination. 1,000 thanks to you, Keith, and to Keith Nix Knives!"
Kai and Koa, the Shop Wolves!
"The kitchen knife, cook's knife, chef's knife, is the most used single tool in the house for many of us. To be continually disappointed by dull, cheap knifes is something I can't understand. If you cook for yourself or your family, you DESERVE a great kitchen knife!"
-Keith Nix

My Guarantee to You!
Your Keith Nix Knives custom knife is guaranteed for life. Whether it is a custom chefs knife or a handmade hunting knife, I will either repair, replace, or refund your custom knife at my discretion. All you have to do is ship or deliver it to me and pick it up, or I'll pay return shipping.

If you just don't like your Keith Nix Knives product, ship it back. I'll refund the purchase price or exchange for another knife, no questions asked. 

When your knife gets dull, and it eventually will, I'll sharpen it free of charge, always. Dull knives are awful to work with. Just don't do it. Buy a custom knife with a guarantee that matters!

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Please get in touch to find out more about the process and
work of Custom Knife Maker Keith Nix or to consult about your own project.
Phone/Text: 828-337-7836

244 Cragmont Rd
Black Mountain, NC 28711


Keith Nix Knives is a short five minute drive from downtown Black Mountain, not far from Lake Tomahawk. Call and schedule a visit!

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